Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Sep 12, 2022
    Absolutely, absurdly, ungodly, good. An honest to Gods masterpiece, the likes of which are rarely seen anymore. As fun on the first run as on the fiftieth. What makes a Roguelike special is one that can keep the player engaged long term and there are so many little elements that will keep its audience coming back again and again. It's hard to find a flaw. To find a way this could be better. Supergiant have set their bar high here, delivering a game that will be used as an example in numerous areas for years to come. Following on from Transistor, and Bastion, it's exciting to see what they'll do next.
  2. Aug 27, 2021
    Stunning in every aspect. Jaw-dropping design, addictive battle system and freshly clever ideas to retain interest from the reproducibility of the roguelike genre.
  3. Aug 26, 2021
    Hades takes the usually not well-received Roguelike genre to a whole new level by pushing the potential of the genre out of the window, presenting high tempo gameplay with well-balanced difficulty, eye-catching visuals and solid voice acting.
  4. Aug 18, 2021
    While a port to the PlayStation 5, Hades is still a masterclass in game design on this next-gen console. It flawlessly integrates its incredible story with its exceptional gameplay in ways that very few games have been able to achieve before it. The gameplay is tight, complex and addictively fun to engage with. The visuals are absolutely stunning and the music is phenomenal on the PS5 with none of the “issues” of the Nintendo Switch version. So if you’re seeking a compelling game to invest your time in, this Rogue-Lite game called Hades is absolutely worth it!
  5. Aug 18, 2021
    Action roguelikes is a genre seeing a bit of a surge of new entires lately, and Hades is as good or better as anything you will find in that field. It offers an overall experience in storytelling and gameplay that is top-notch regardless of genre. It's this incredibly unique type of game and play loop that turns your every failure and death into a reward of unlocking more story, injecting more humor, and inviting you to take a stab at one more run. It's won numerous game of the year awards on PC, and there is no reason for those accolades to stop with the port to consoles. Just don't forget to give Cerebus a pet on your way to the next run.
  6. Aug 17, 2021
    Console gamers had to wait quite a few months, but one of the most lauded games of 2020 is finally available for Playstation and Xbox. And 'Hades' has everything it needs to excel on the new platforms as well.
  7. Aug 11, 2021
    All that time in Early Access allowed Hades to age like a fine wine, and further refinement on Switch and PC has matured the final draught into something Dionysus himself would be proud to serve up atop Mount Olympus. This is one of the most essential games of our generation, and to skip it is to spit in the faces of the gods themselves.
  8. 100
    Hades is an absolutely stellar experience that will keep you hooked in from the beginning, with a beautiful visual design and score, not to mention an excellent narrative and intricate gameplay that will keep you coming back again and again for just one more run.
  9. 100
    I haven’t felt this drawn to a game in a long time. Hades is fully deserving of every award that it has earned, and PlayStation players finally get to experience this perfected Supergiant Games masterpiece on PS4 and PS5. It’s an utterly brilliant melding of narrative, art, music, gameplay, world, and characters, with unique details throughout each element that come together to create a game unlike any other. Hades bears the mark of being a Supergiant game, while never feeling like it retreads any of the developer’s past work. Rather it builds on everything they’ve learned. It’s a triumph of player choice and discovery, consistently engaging, and always begging for just one more escape attempt.
  10. Sep 16, 2021
    Hades on PS5 works perfectly. The resolution and textures look bright, colorful, and have very good quality. Sure, this is a version that doesn't take advantage of what the DualSense can offer, however that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed. This game is a must-play, regardless of the platform.
  11. Aug 19, 2021
    Great characters, hilarious dialogue and a world worth exploring, that's Hades. Chaotic combat with lots of different options to keep players engaged, that's also Hades. In other words, Hades is an absolute must play.
  12. Aug 10, 2021
    If you are a fan of rogue-lites there is absolutely no reason for you to not be playing Hades, and if you aren’t a fan of the genre but enjoy action RPG’s with the above ingredients then you should give this a try. If Hades becomes the gold standard for rogue-lites going forward, then consider me a willing convert and long live the rogue lites!
  13. Aug 10, 2021
    Hades on PlayStation 5 is the essential masterpiece we all know, embellished by the 4K resolution and a mild use of the DualSense features. A real must-have.
  14. Aug 10, 2021
    One of the best games of the last few years comes to next-gen consoles. Hades is a great ride on PS5, and well worth your time.
  15. Aug 10, 2021
    For people still scarred by their Dark Souls, Sekiro or even Returnal experiences, consider this: This edition of Hades comes with a "godhood" mode, where you start out at 22% resistance, and then another 2% gets added each time you die. This might make the most ultra-hardcore elitists raise an eyebrow, but I think it's a brilliant way to make the game a little more accessible without doing a full bow to add a full-blown "easy" mode, which in my opinion mostly goes against the ethos of roguelikes. In this instance, you still have to go through a lot of pain to get stronger. You have to earn your easy, so to speak. To that end, I'm headed back into Hell with a smile. Hades is some of the most fun I've had playing something, and I would recommend it to anyone.
  16. Aug 10, 2021
    Hades was already one of the best games of 2020 and the best work of Supergiant Games, and this new version for Microsoft's and Sony's consoles is just further proof of it.
  17. Aug 16, 2021
    This is the perfected version of one of the best games of recent years, in 4K and with Trophies/Achievements. Anyone owning a current-gen console who hasn't given Hades a chance yet, it's time to descend into the underworld and try to escape it countless times!
  18. Aug 10, 2021
    Hades was an undisputed masterpiece eleven months ago on PC and Nintendo Switch, and is reconfirmed as such also on the PlayStation and Xbox formats. The edition intended for the Sony and Microsoft platforms is in all respects identical to the original, with just appreciable improvements in terms of resolution on the most recent machines, where the glance of 4K can be seen in the exaltation of the theatrical setting.
  19. Aug 26, 2021
    Beautiful to die for, enjoyable to take in hand and terribly addictive, Hades only sins by its structure identical to each run which may displease some. In return, it offers a gripping story carried by a Greek pantheon more charismatic than ever and a perfectly brought together narrative.
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    Aug 24, 2021
    Hades looks sleek, is fun, and delivers that ‘just one more round’ feeling – unequivocally a Supergiant game and a gem for genre fans and newcomers alike. [Issue#5, p.84]
  21. Aug 23, 2021
    The story, the combat system, the art style, the possibilities, the twists and also the technical performance makes Hades one of the best roguelite games released so far. It is a game that should not be missed, no matter your genre preferences.
  22. Aug 15, 2021
    Hades is the new standard by which we measure roguelites. A stunningly modern narrative scenario told in bite-size morsels perfectly designed around roguelites, it also manages to have infinitely replayable combat full of constantly changing moves and powers. It demands your skill and a lot of your time, but it rewards you by providing meaning to the grind.
  23. Aug 11, 2021
    One of the best roguelikes ever made lands now on new consoles with all its good qualities and even small improvements.
  24. Aug 10, 2021
    The return of Hades is a true feast, and a great opportunity for PlayStation and Xbox players to dive deep into the waters of River Styx. The escape from the underworld itself is an impossible feat, but it's sure as hell worth a try.
  25. Aug 10, 2021
    The game runs and renders beautifully, the DualSense controller's great build makes for a device that's satisfying to play challenging content on, and Hades remains one of the best roguelikes in recent memory regardless of what machine is housing it.
  26. Aug 10, 2021
    An exemplary roguelike incentives and broadens its intrinsic repetition. An ideal narrative adventure paces its characters and their conflicts across a finite timeline. Hades is a vantage point engineered to showcase both perspectives. Whichever side you ultimately settle on, Hades’ character-rich action is a capable ascent from the dregs of genre stagnation.
  27. 90
    Whatever you like games for, graphics, gameplay, fun factor, Hades has this all in spades with equally exceptional quality wherever you choose to play it.
  28. Aug 10, 2021
    Yes, we can levy criticisms about the roguelike genre in general at it, but the fact is, few games perfect the formula quite like Hades does; it’s one of the best roguelikes you’ll ever play. With a slew of upgrades available, gorgeous environments to fight your way through and a wonderfully told narrative that delves into Greek mythology, you’ll keep coming back for more, time and time again.
  29. Aug 10, 2021
    Hades has been a long time coming for PlayStation players, but the wait was certainly worth it. Supergiant's rogue-lite action title is every bit as good as you've heard, with its fast-paced combat, wonderful Boon system, and amazing story that's interlaced with the gameplay. It's a complex game, but not a complicated one; it's a brilliantly constructed thing that delivers in practically every department. Easily one of the best rogue-lite titles available, Hades lives up to the legend.
  30. Aug 10, 2021
    Supergiant’s latest opus is a beautiful and thoughtful twist on Greek mythology, flipping these old stories on their head and transforming them into commentaries on modern relationships. High-octane action gameplay may pull you into hell for the first time, but I suspect you’ll stay to find out about this eccentric and fascinating family.
  31. Aug 17, 2021
    Supergiant Games is an indie studio that goes from strength to strength, and their latest game Hades is a lovely mix of their best ideas. Intense and challenging battles are mixed with fantastic characters in a colorful and lovingly crafted world. Hades in a fantastic action game and well worth all the praise it got last year, although we would have liked to have seen some more improvements and additions compared to the now one-year-old Switch version.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 429 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 429
  1. Jan 21, 2022
    Ok, this one got me. I'm normally not the rogue-like-type. Too repetitive, too frustrating. Normally. Hades somehow managed to glue me to theOk, this one got me. I'm normally not the rogue-like-type. Too repetitive, too frustrating. Normally. Hades somehow managed to glue me to the screen for at least 30 hours, till i got my first run complete.

    Why? It could be because of the excellent controls, the more than solid mechanics and combat, the well thought upgrade-paths, the way it makes random, repetitive content feel unique by constantly delivering meaningful variations. But all that was delivered on the same level by other games.

    So what's the difference? For me it's the production values and the narrative. The outstanding artwork, the great and original story, the well written characters, the numberless references to greek mythology, the eye-winking irony, the speaker cast. And: the soundtrack! Everything is done with so much love for detail, originality and feel for great mature entertainment. The motivation to start over with the 40 th run here is not simply to master a challenge but to find out what waits beyond the temple of Styx and how the story develops.

    All in all a pretty unique and masterful turn on a not-so-much-loved genre. Well done Supergiant Games. And not for the 1st time ...

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  2. Aug 15, 2021
    Great game. It is nailing the gameplay loop to make it fun and addictive. After every run you go to the hub and even if you did not succeeded,Great game. It is nailing the gameplay loop to make it fun and addictive. After every run you go to the hub and even if you did not succeeded, you will have some new dialogues, events, you will upgrade the character, unlock new weapon... something new will happen almost every time. (its not like returnal, where if you dont kill the next boss, you loose all the progress. You progress and continue uncovering lore even if you keep dying. And that is great motiavtion to keep going and makes the game much less frustrating). And once you unlock the upgrades, you just want to start again to see how it affects next run. So you keep doing this loop (unlock new stuff, test new stuff) until next morning :-D Full Review »
  3. Aug 15, 2021
    Fear is for the Weak!
    After getting a platinum in this game, I can say one thing - this is an incredibly cool game! The gameplay, soundtrack,
    Fear is for the Weak!
    After getting a platinum in this game, I can say one thing - this is an incredibly cool game! The gameplay, soundtrack, visual design and character design (both visual and the development of characters and lore) are all done at incredible level. There are several questions for the plot, not script-based of course, because according to the script everything is simple and clear, there are no pitfalls there, but there are questions about importing it into the gameplay, because Rogue-Like games often do not have a very deep plot, and sometimes they do not have it at all, so the plot in this game is as follows - to start the main storyline you need run away from Hades Realm 1 time, in order to complete the storyline you need to run 10 times. The plot does not end there, then there is an epilogue and here everything is more complicated. For someone, the epilogue can be achieved in 50 breakouts, for someone in 100+, because getting the final quest for the epilogue is not an easy and quite time-consuming task in itself , personally it took me 83 breakouts to get platinum and, accordingly, get the epilogue. But getting the epilogue, and especially all the trophies, is a strictly individual thing. But if you close your eyes to these minor problems, you will get an unforgettable adventure with a bunch of charismatic characters. Also I’d recommend you to run the Pact of Punishment - Extreme Measures 4 at least once, I promise you will enjoy it: 3.
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